Translating to success: Bulls learn new jargon
For the first time in USF's football history, the Bulls have a new transition to deal with this spring: learning new terminology on defense as they adjust to new coordinator Joe Tresey.
"We have new coaches, new ways of doing things, new verbiage, new thought processes. There's a lot of work that has to be done," coach Jim Leavitt said.
Asked how much of the language of USF's defense has changed, Leavitt said "everything," so while the defense itself won't change that much, the words used to set up that scheme are all new.
"First time since I've been here," Leavitt said. "It's not small. It's a big one. We've been doing certain things for 13 years. We're doing it different. It's not that our defense will look different, but the way we're calling everything is very different."
-- When USF signed more than the 25 players allowed in a recruiting class, it showed that some weren't expected to qualify academically, and we can confirm the first of those recruits.
Running back Adaris Bellamy of Dunedin, who was USF's first commitment toward the 2009 class, will attend Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia this fall with the hopes of enrolling at USF in 2010 with a full five years of eligibility. There will be at least three other signees who will either grayshirt (deferring enrollment until January) or attend a prep school or junior college this fall.
-- Two position changes to report, just four practices into spring drills. Sophomore Darren Powe, unable to crack the two-deep as a defensive lineman, has moved to offensive guard. He's the third defensive tackle to do so since the end of last season, joining Sampson Genus and Jatavious Jackson.
Sophomore walk-on Joel Miller, a top tackler on special teams, is back at running back after three practices as a defensive back. Miller was listed, largely by default, as a second-string safety entering spring drills, but returns to the position he's worked out since joining the team last spring.
-- Redshirt freshman offensive guard Josh Garvin has missed two practices with the flu, but shouldn't be out a significant amount of time, Leavitt said.